Adam Blake Bearden, 32, of Ball Ground, will serve the first four months of his sentence in prison with the remainder of the time under sex offender conditions of probation, said Shannon Wallace, Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit district attorney.
Bearden, a former special education teacher and track and field coach at Creekview, was accused of having an alleged consensual sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student in late 2012.
He was originally charged with sexual assault and pleaded not guilty in July. But Wallace said after negotiations with the state, he pleaded guilty to cruelty to children in the first degree Monday.
According to a copy of the plea singed by Bearden, he did “engage in sexual conduct with a student” while teaching at Creekview between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1, 2012.
Less than a month after the last date Bearden admitted to taking part in the relationship, he surrendered to Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies Nov. 28, 2012, after the allegations came to light.
Bearden then resigned his position at Creekview High School effective Dec. 6, 2012, according to the Cherokee County School District.
According to his sentence, the former teacher, who was hired at Creekview in 2009, will not be allowed to set foot in any school in Cherokee County for the duration of his probation.
Bearden will also not be allowed any contact with the victim or her family and will be made to pay $772.85 in restitution for the victim’s benefit, court records show.